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First PC build (w/ pics) - thanks, GT

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by jthuang, Jan 4, 2006.


  1. jthuang

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    Thanks to GT who helped me with my first PC build. Posted these same pics over at ar15.com as well.

    1. Pile of parts

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    2. POST test. Note Mr. T's watchful gaze.

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    3. Completed PC with can of Guinness to celebrate.

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    4. Internal workings.

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  2. David_G17

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    nice job, but you have to post the specs ;)
     

  3. Nyper

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    Ditto. I can't read those boxes.
     
  4. jthuang

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    Whoops. ;J

    Motherboard: Asus A8N SLI AMD Socket 939

    CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3700+

    Case and power supply: Antec 640B Performance Case with 400W Antec power supply. Additional cooling provided by Antec 80mm blue LED fan.

    Video card: XFX GeForce 7800 GT

    Monitor: Dell 2005FPW 20.1" widescreen LCD

    Memory: Corsair 1GB (2x512MB) 184 pin RAM

    Hard Drive: Western Digital 320GB 7200rpm SATAII

    Optical Drives: NEC dual-layer DVD R/W and Lite-on DVD-ROM drive

    ... plus a new copy of Windows Home XP ($200 :( ). I recycled my existing Dell USB keyboard, Harmon/Kardon PC speakers and GE optical mouse.

    Grand total, after rebates, and including shipping, was around $1600. A comparable Alienware system would have cost me $700 more!
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  5. IndyGunFreak

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    Just for future reference, unless for some reason you absolutely must have the Retail version of Windows, most places(Tigerdirect, Newegg,etc.), sell the full version of Windows OS's for $89, provided you buy either a Hard Drive, Motherboard or Processor from them(and sometimes, they don't even require the hardware purchase)... From the Link below, it looks like Tiger no longer requires this. Last time I bought an OEM XP from them, they included a generic, free USB wheel mouse to get around MS's hardware requirement with the OEM Software.

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=335878&CatId=672

    As you can see, you don't get any documentation, etc, just the CD and a CD Key, but who really uses MS Tech support?. :)

    Great job on the build, looks nice.

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  6. dennis67

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    Nice job, congratulations on your build - now get yourself some wire-ties and tidy up your cables and such, it'll improve your air flow a little (and of course look nice).
     
  7. Washington D.C.

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    Wow,that's a lot of PC!On the retail vs OEM Windows.I guess the OEM version is cheap enough that it's a good deal.A friend changed some hardware in his PC a couple of times and Windows XP said each time,because of a significant hardware changes that reactivation is required.Well The first activation includes only two activations.The original and a second.He called Microsoft and they told him bacause it's an OEM version and not the reatail version that they needed a credit card number to help him and give him a new activation.

    I'm building a new PC right now and going to use mostly Linux but I'm going to give Windows 64 bit XP a try.Right now it's only available in the OEM version.Hopfully I won't need too many activations.
     
  8. Furant

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    Nice job ...drool. This has got to be my next project.

    BTW, Mr. T and Guiness, nice additions :cool:
     
  9. IndyGunFreak

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    Yep...

    But I always thought pics like this must include a firearm casually laying on the desk, its unlocked hair trigger ready to discharge semi automatic gunfire into the house next door, blowing it up.

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  10. jthuang

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    Thanks, yeah I know I had some issues with the build (being my first), but I am definitely learning.

    I know I gotta get some zip-ties and clean up that interior. At first it was so bad the CPU fan was jamming up on loose wires. ;g I heard they make some round IDE cables which might be able to make airflow even better.

    As for Windoze XP Home, I sure learned my lesson on that one ... could have bought a retail version of XP Pro for $50 less from Newegg (sale). :(

    And doesn't the A-Team figurine count for the hair trigger firearm? I mean the A-Team put so much brass on the ground ... and never hit anything. ;e
     
  11. ngray

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    I would suggest you tidy up the ribbon cables in the case... they're certainly impeding airflow.
     
  12. Bronson7

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    That's a pretty high-end rig! Very nice. Spend the few extra bucks and get some round cables to replace the ribbons. Very nice indeed.
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  13. RaiderRodney

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    Nice build ;) Makes me wanna break out the credit card :)

    I agree with the OEM XP thing though. Last one I got was XP Home for like $55 shipped I think. Just have to look around on the net and see what you can dig up.
     
  14. IndyGunFreak

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    http://www.newegg.com/ProductSort/SubCategory.asp?SubCategory=317

    That's what you're referring to., They do help give the interior a clean look.

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